MAY 2018

Pegasus trainers Chelsea Hopson & Anthony LaSpina on father and son Pegasus horses, Sundance & Little Bear
~Adoption Showcase~

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, The Pegasus Project will host an Adoption Showcase open to the public. From 9am until noon, we will have all Pegasus horses that are ready for adoption at our arena for potential adopters to meet and inquire about. Our trainers will demo each horse for guests, and our staff will be available to answer all questions and provide information about the horses, the adoption process, and sponsorship opportunities. Potential adopters may submit applications for adoption and schedule appointments to come try out horses of interest. This will be a fun day and an excellent opportunity to get up close and personal with the Pegasus horses and staff! Even if you are not looking to adopt, come on out and enjoy the day with us! 

Here is the list of rideable horses you will meet at the Adoption Showcase. Click each link to review their stories and photos:
Bailey , Raven , Stormy , Simcha , Kai , Sundance ,   April , Ringo , Gwen , and  Geronimo

For those of you wishing to adopt a companion-only horse (rather than a riding horse), we will offer a hay ride around the ranch to view and discuss the many beautiful companion animals available.  Here is the list of companion-only horses available for adoption. Click each link to review their stories and photos: 

If you are interested  in adopting a Pegasus horse, please review our Adoption Process as posted on our website. Attached to that link are the Application, Requirements and Contract, which we also encourage you to review. Many of your questions will be answered in that paperwork. Our number one priority is ensuring that each and every adoption is a good match so that the horse and human are both safe and happy!   

This adoption showcase is part of a two-month campaign focusing on increasing adoptions of rescue horses. The Pegasus Project is participating in the national celebration of ASPCA┬« (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals┬«) Help A Horse Day and competing for a chance to win grant money to assist with our efforts to protect horses. Pegasus was awarded $10,000 in each of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 "Help A Horse Day" contests. This year we are competing for a grand prize of $20,000!  We kicked off our adoption crusade by hosting  Wings Over Pegasus on April 28. We shall conclude our campaign on June 23rd with a Training Expo with Bruce Logan. Look for details of that event in next month's e-newsletter!

~Movie Screening~
Coming soon to the Pegasus Theater

On Saturday May 19th, following our Adoption Showcase, we will screen the movie "Unbranded" in our on-site theater (located inside Mike DeCanio's airplane hangar). Everyone attending the Showcase is invited to stay and watch this amazing film with us. We will serve a variety of drinks and snacks including, popcorn and cotton candy. The movie starts at 1pm. 
Unbranded is about sixteen mustangs, four men, and one dream: to ride border to border, Mexico to Canada, up the spine of the American West. This documentary tracks four fresh-out-of college (Texas A&M) buddies as they take on wild mustangs to be their trusted mounts, and set out on the adventure of a lifetime. Their wildness of spirit, in both man and horse, is quickly dwarfed by the wilderness they must navigate. A 3000-mile gauntlet that is equally indescribable and unforgiving. This movie is a MUST SEE!

Click  HERE  to watch the trailer!

We selected "Unbranded" because it deals with the difficult issue of America's handling of its wild mustang population. Rescue horses come from all breeds, including mustangs. This film is touching, funny, informative, and heartbreaking all at once. If you've never seen it, now's your chance! If you've seen it before, we know you want to see it again. So come on out to our Adoption Showcase and stick around for the screening. 

ADMISSION IS FREE, but we need for you to reserve your seat. Please call 903-469-3578 to save your spot!

 God's Gracious Gift

In the late afternoon of January 29, 2018, we received an email from a desperate woman, Jenola Johnson, who was at her wit's end. Her neighbor's 11 horses had been coming and going from her property for months, and she had been feeding them hay since December to prevent them from starving. The horses' owner, a chronic animal neglector, refused to take action. Despite calls to the local sheriff's department and the animal welfare agency assigned to her county, no help came. Five days prior to the email to Pegasus, a yearling filly had collapsed in Ms. Johnson's backyard and was unable to rise. With temperatures dipping below freezing each night, Ms. Johnson knew the filly would die if the situation continued. After receiving a photo of the filly, we gathered up the Pegasus rescue team, hooked up the trailer and headed out. With the filly unable to stand, we rolled her onto a blanket, hobbled her feet for our safety, covered her eyes for her safety, and dragged her to our trailer.  We consulted with our veterinarian who gave us instructions for her care. She could not sit up on her own, but with assistance, she could sit up to drink water and eat mash from a bucket. We put her in a warm stall and fed her at four hour intervals throughout the first night. 

The next morning, our vet told us to get her on her feet or she would not survive. It took our entire staff of six to lift her with wide straps under her belly. After standing with her for an hour for stability, we allowed her to stand on her own. We named her Gia, which means God's Gracious Gift. 

Once Gia was standing and walking on her own, we began feeding her a mash four times per day and allowing 24/7 access to high quality alfalfa hay. Alfalfa is highly nutritious and the safest way to re-feed a starving horse. Slowly but surely Gia began to regaining her strength. 

Due to signs of weakness in her hindquarters, we tested her for the neurological disease EPM, and unfortunately the results were positive. We began treatment on February 12th. We also began working to heal her right eye, which she severely injured from banging her head on the ground in her efforts to get up over those five days prior to coming to Pegasus. Dr. Adam Byrd determined it was time for intensive treatment of her injured right eye. By February 20th, she was strong and stable enough to make the hour-long trailer ride to Dr. Rob Thoni's clinic in Kilgore. After consulting with an equine ophthalmologist, the decision was made to place a lavage to provide round-the-clock antibiotics and anti-fungal medications directly into Gia's right eye. 

Gia proved to be brave and confident, and she took the trailer ride and the new clinic surroundings in stride. Gia remained in good spirits and continued to eat well. Our goal was to save the eyeball and as much vision as possible. Under Dr. Thoni's care, much of the cloudiness cleared, and on March 2nd he released her. We continued to administer antibiotic ointment to her eye twice per day. Miraculously, her eye mostly healed! She has a white spot of scar tissue in the center that will likely remain, but over time, it has continued to shrink. She has vision, and we fully expect that her eye will remain viable.

Regrettably, Gia's first 30 days of treatment for EPM was not effective. When we retested her blood, the titers for EPM were still quite high. We changed medications and administered another 30 days of treatment. She appears symptom-free, and so we remain optimistic regarding her prognosis. Gia moves about freely and loves trotting and cantering around her paddock. She is now sharing space with our kind, 20-year-old mare, Bailey. All of Gia's wounds are healed, and she's shedding her matted, unhealthy coat. Gia has gained about 100 pounds and is eating solid feed and all the coastal Bermuda hay and alfalfa hay she wants. Her recovery has been remarkable. Within the next few months, we are hoping all sings of her terrible neglect will be undetectable. 

One of Gia's Facebook fans called her a "warrior princess" with a strong will to live. She is indeed a fighter. We are optimistic that Gia will make a full recovery, keep her eye, and clear all EPM symptoms. Gia returns to Dr. Thoni May 3rd for follow up evaluation. Please follow Gia on our Facebook page and in future versions of this e-newsletter for developments!

Please click HERE to view Gia's full photo album.

A Note from Allyson

Preliminary Results

O n April 28th, we opened the  ranch gates for our annual Wings Over Pegasus aviation extravaganza! For the past four years, we have paired this event with the ASPCA's "Help a Horse Day" contest to compete with horse rescues from around the country to win up to $20,000 in grant money. 

Gaits running with the sky-diver

This two-month-long celebration (we launched on April 28 and will conclude on June 30) provides us an opportunity to promote the work we do, raise money, heighten awareness of the plight of at-risk horses in our community, and, most importantly, promote our adoptable horses! Wings Over Pegasus was the kick-off for this 2018 adoption campaign, and it was a smashing success!

Gwen with volunteers

We were blessed with amazingly beautiful weather and a crowd of 650 guests!  Planes and helicopters flew all day giving donation rides, and thirty-seven kids got FREE airplane rides! Winners of Poop Roulette and Tennis Ball Toss also got to fly in the skies over Pegasus. Sky-divers jumped, flags flew, and our guests enjoyed pony rides, paint-a-horse, gourmet food, and of course Pegasito in his kissing booth. 


Amid all the excitement, the highlight of the day was Stephen Covington's airshow in "The Raptor." He thrilled the crowd with his breath-taking, low-altitude, high-energy performance. The audience was enthralled at his stunts!

The Raptor

Because of our generous sponsors and the incredible turn-out of our community, Pegasus raised more than $50,000 for the horses in connection with Wings Over Pegasus alone! Our fundraising for the adoption campaign continues through June 30th, and you can 
to help us reach our goal of $75,000.

As set forth elsewhere in this newsletter, we are holding two May events and one June event for our Help A Horse adoption campaign, and we'd love to see you all there. Please join us on May 19th for our Adoption Showcase and screening of Unbranded and again on June 30th for the Bruce Logan Training Expo. These events are free, and your attendance will help us win that ASPCA grant money!! Please come on out!

Allyson DeCanio
President, The Pegasus Project

For questions or comments, email:

June 21, 22, 23, 24 - Bruce Logan Horsemanship Clinic
(details to come)

June 23 - Bruce Logan Training Expo
(details to come)

Click each link for details


Thursday, May 17th 
5:30 pm
Home of Lorna Russell
Ben Wheeler, TX 

Monthly, fun,  information-packed meetings for  Pegasus supporters at various locations throughout the year. All Pegasus Partners at the $25/month level and higher are Happy Hour members. Membership includes a car decal, a Pegasus hat or t-shirt, a Pegasus logo wine glass and an open invitation  to every meeting!  Discuss the latest Pegasus news and connect with other like-minded horse fans. (Your wine glass is free, but the wine isn't! We know how much you drink!)

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Did you know Pegasus relies entirely on private donations? Our regular monthly donors, known as  Pegasus Partners , are our most treasured assets. For as little as $10/month you can help provide us with a predictable source of income at a much lower cost than any other fundraising method.

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Our ability to save these helpless horses, donkeys and mules depends on YOUR donations!


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